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Flying Legends: must-see video!

Apr 02, 2012 21 Comments

Here’s a great reason to plan a trip to the UK this summer: the Duxford Flying Legends Air Show. Check out this video trailer for warbird overload — from biplanes to bombers! Don’t you think Model Airplane News needs to cover this event??

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World’s smallest man-carrying helicopter

Apr 02, 2012 7 Comments

In this video, 75-year-old Gennai Yanagisawa of Matsumoto, Japan, flies onboard his 165-pound aircraft, which set the world record for the smallest helicopter. Rumor has it that not long after this video was taken, the heli crashed into a building and Mr. Yanagisawa was in the hospital for 6 months.  How much would you pay for a [...]

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A Ride to Space & Back: video from a booster engine

Mar 28, 2012 18 Comments

In this mesmerizing video, experience a ride to space and back as cameras on the Space Shuttle’s booster engines capture the experience–from blastoff to splashdown. This fantastic footage is part of the upcoming DVD, “Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle.” All of the sounds are real, and seeing the Earth from the point of view [...]

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Sneak peek: Aeroworks Freestyle Extra 260 QB-L

Mar 21, 2012 2 Comments

Freestyle aerobatics can be some of the most exciting type of flying, and nothing does it better than a dedicated machine like the brand new Freestyle Extra 260 by Aeroworks. Part of the Aeroworks QB-L (Quick Build Light) series, it is designed to go together quickly and be very light weight. The airy balsa and [...]

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Must see video: man flies by flapping his arms/wings?

Mar 21, 2012 31 Comments

Full disclosure: after we put the newsletter together, the man who created this video announced that it was a hoax. It’s still a great video, though, and we hope this won’t stop other aspiring “bird men” from taking to the sky with flapping wings! Original post: You’ve probably heard of Jet Man, the guy who [...]

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Eye in the sky: Draganflyer X8

Mar 20, 2012 3 Comments

The latest in aerial photography and videography is this Draganfly X8, a unique machine powered by eight motors, each with its own rotor blade! This stable flyer can carry 1.7 pounds of equipment and features 11 onboard sensors and a sophisticated autopilot to self-stabilize during flight. Its foldable carbon-fiber frame makes transport easy. Police departments across the [...]

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Micro Quadcopters: Killer Robots?

Mar 20, 2012 3 Comments

We liked this piece by Slate’s technology columnist, Farhad Manjoo. His article is subtitled, “Quadcopter drones are amazing and cute and will probably destroy us all.” Read on for Farhad’s interesting take as well as video of a micro quadcopter recital as well as a quadcopter ”blooper” reel. It was way back in May 2010 that [...]

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Ultimate Electrics: Henseleit Three Dee Rigid

Mar 20, 2012 2 Comments

Jan Henseleit has a long history of manufacturing and producing only the finest RC helicopters for the discriminating enthusiast. You won’t find a Henseleit Three Dee RIGID (TDR) on your local hobby shop shelf as each kit must be ordered directly from Jan ( Jan builds these kits one at a time and ships it [...]

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